Friday diamond cuts

Good Friday morning. The baseball diamond cuts this morning starts with some Little League action, and it was one last tuneup last night for both the Falls and Snoqualmie Valley Little League “Majors” All-Stars as they get set to open their runs to Williamsport, PA, and the Little League World Series tomorrow in the District 9 “Majors” (12-and-under) tournament.

Falls scored six third-inning runs and withstood a four-run rally in the sixth from SVLL to post the 7-5 win. Jake Patton guided SVLL, going 2-3 with a double, run scored and RBI, and Blake Forrest also had two hits and scored two runs. Trevor Hennig and Jesiah Willis also doubled, and Sawyer Shelton tripled for SVLL.

The district tournament starts tomorrow, and all three Valley Little Leagues will be represented. Sno-Valley North kicks it off with a game at 10am against Bellevue West, then at 1:00, it’s Falls’ turn as they take on Redmond North, then the SVLL boys wrap up day one at 4:00 with a game against Redmond West. The full day of action is at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish, and admission to all games is free, so head down tomorrow and support local kids as they chase their dreams of making it to the big stage of Williamsport. The tournament runs through July 17.

The rest of our youth baseball scores from last night now from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Tacoma Tugs Premier East 11, Field of Champions Bears 15U Black 7 (game one, doubleheader): Mount Si’s Anthony Gilden went 2-3 with a double and two RBI’s for Preston-based FoC, who ended up on the short end of a slugfest in the first of two down in Sumner. Fellow Wildcat Logan Garwood and Cedarcrest’s Nate Hoyer both pitched an inning of relief each for the Bears, with Garwood allowing two hits while Hoyer allowed two runs, both unearned, without a hit and struck out two. Neither Valley player received a decision.

Washington Rush Blue 10, Boys of Summer 18U White 6: At Bellevue College, the Rush scored five in the sixth to pull away for the win over Bellevue-based BoS. MSHS grad Trace Halvorson went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored for BoS in this one.

Baden Red 15, Seattle Gladiators 16U 2: Kent-based Baden handled the Gladiators easily at Island Crest Park on Mercer Island. Mount Si’s Jack Dougherty, Mason Gronewald and Tom Phillips went a combined 0-7 for SG with a walk, and Gronewald also pitched, allowing four runs on two hits in 2/3 inning of relief, walking one and striking out one. He received no decision.

Boys of Summer 15U 17, Boise Capitals 10: Consistency is the name of the game, and that was the case last night in the Treasure Valley of Idaho as BoS’ consistent offensive pressure enabled the Bellevue team to withstand a nine-run fifth from the Idaho host team for a win to open a weekend tournament in Boise. Mount Si’s Turner McCutchan started for Boys and worked three innings, allowing a run on three hits and striking out two. He received no decision.

Seattle Gladiators 15U 12, Seattle Wave Green 1: Mount Si players paced the Gladiators to the blowout at home in southeast Seattle last night over their Seattle rivals. Ryan Harris went 2-2 with two runs scored, a walk and RBI, while Scott Harris went 1-2, also scoring two runs, walking twice and driving in another run. Jake Marzetti paced the Gladiators, going 0-2, but walking once, reaching base a second time on a hit-by-pitch and scoring two runs.

Michael’s Toyota 12, Washington A’s 18U Elite 6: At the Randy Gifford Summer Showdown in Bellevue, host Michael’s handled the Sammamish-based opposition. Ex-MSHS’er Connor Baxter went 0-1 with a run scored for the A’s.

Bellevue Dragons 14U Green 11, Rippers 1: Valley players did most of the heavy lifting for the Dragons as they rolled to the road win over the Redmond team at Redmond High School. Brady Hossfeld went 2-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s, while Hayden Weaver himself added a pair of hits, scored two runs and drove in another. Ryan Llewellyn walked three times and scored three runs, also adding an RBI, despite going 0-1, and Luke Richter went 0-2, but walked once and scored two runs.

Field of Champions Bears 15U Blue 14, WW Sweets 14U 4: Pitchers Sam Coomes and Gavin Clark combined on a no-no for the Preston-based Bears in the win over the Sammamish-based Sweets at Liberty High School in Renton. The hurlers were helped offensively by Mount Si’s Andrew Edson, who went 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s, and fellow Wildcat Kevin Corder, who also had two hits, walked once and scored three runs. Local player Aidan Dougherty, a future MSHS’er, went 0-1 with a walk, run scored and RBI for Sweets.

Tacoma Tugs Premier 18U 5, Seattle Gladiators 18U 0: The Gladiators were held to three hits in the loss last night down in Kent. Mount Si’s Frankie Cepeda went 0-3 for SG in this one.

JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 11, Rogers Spokane 3: JBC rolled to a win at the American Legion tournament in Spokane to finish 1-1 on day one of the weekend tournament; they lost earlier yesterday in their opener which we covered in our special afternoon diamond cuts yesterday afternoon. Ex-MSHS’er Jake Mitton went 0-1 with a walk for JBCPS.

Boys of Summer 18U Blue 5, Spokane Dodgers 4: BoS held off the Spokane team in the opener of a weekend tournament down in Portland. Mount Si’s Spencer Marenco went 1-2 with a walk for Boys in this one.

Tacoma Tugs Premier East 4, Field of Champions Bears 15U Black 0 (game two, doubleheader): FoC was held to two hits in the nightcap – one of which was from Gilden – as the Tugs won it to take the sweep of the twinbill. Hoyer and Garwood both pitched this one, too, for the Bears with Hoyer allowing two runs on five hits, striking out three, in three innings of work, and Garwood pitching a clean seventh inning. Again, as was the case in the opener, neither local player received a decision.

College Summer
Honkers blanked by Valleyite Johnson, Merchants at Kamloops tourney: Fall City’s Northwest Honkers traveled to Kamloops, BC, for the opener of a major weekend tournament yesterday, and they were held to just two hits by their Pacific International League rival Everett Merchants in a 3-0 loss. Duvall’s Cameron Padron went 0-4 for NWH, while Snoqualmie’s Evan Johnson also went 0-4 for the Merchants. The tournament continues through this weekend.

Mullins at work: North Bend’s Isaac Mullins took to the hill last night in Portland for the West Coast League’s Cowlitz Black Bears as they handled the host Portland Pickles a 7-3 loss at Lents Park. Mullins, a 2015 MSHS grad and junior-to-be at Washington State, allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work, striking out two and receiving no decision. His ERA is now 4.09 after last night’s efforts. The two Valley players on the Pickles – North Bend’s Carson Breshears and Duvall’s Adam Davenport – did not play in last night’s game.

Highline falls in non-conference clash: The PIL’s Bears fell 8-5 last night in the opener of a weekend set in Victoria, BC, with the WCL’s HarbourCats. Duvall’s Blaine Wagner played for Highline, and the 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, a catcher at Seattle University, played right field as has been the custom this season for the Bears and went 0-2 with an RBI. He will be a junior this fall at SU.

Karalus suffers loss: North Bend’s Reece Karalus pitched for his minor-league Charlotte Stone Crabs team last night as the Tampa Bay Rays-affiliated class “advanced A” squad finished a weather-suspended game from Wednesday with the Florida Fire Frogs. It proved to not be a good night for the 2012 MSHS grad, as he allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits, walking three and striking out one in 2 1/3 innings of relief and taking the loss to drop to 1-2 on the season as Florida, affiliated with the Atlanta Braves, won it 5-4 at home in Kissimmee, FL.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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